Language courses in the spring semester 2021

This page informs you about current measures related to the coronavirus pandemic. FAQs and answers can be found at the bottom of the page. The information is updated regularly; the most recent update was on 2 December 2020.

In the spring semester 2021, intensive courses (8 to 19 February 2021) will take place digitally. Should the progress of the pandemic allow it, semester courses (that start from 1 March 2021 onwards) will once again be held regularly on site according to the directives of the Corona Task Force of the University of Basel. The course type can change at any time (digital ⇔ on site), a change about which course participants will be informed by e-mail.

In the past two semesters we have experienced that lively language learning can also succeed digitally. Zoom – the video conferencing software provided by the University – offers many helpful functions for interactive communication-oriented language learning that also involves group work. Digital teaching helps us to master the current exceptional situation in the best possible way in order to continue offering a wide range of courses in a large variety of languages. However, as distance learning is no long-term substitute for classroom teaching, we hope to return to the lecture venues in spring 2021!

The measures formulated here have been developed in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Education.

The ability of our participants to study is very important to us: we want to create optimal conditions for them to learn languages in virtual classrooms. Below you will find constantly updated information and tips on how course participants can master these challenges and benefit from the courses. Help us make digital teaching succeed!

Please note our registration deadlines. Our courses have to be cost-neutral. To offer you a wide range of courses, we need your registration within the registration deadlines.


  • Please carefully read our FAQs on distance learning, registration and de-registration conditions, assessment of required coursework, and technical support.
  • The Language Center recommends the use of the SwissCovid app and is committed to the necessary hygiene measures and tracing.
  • Participants are advised to regularly consult their emails.